The Secret to Picking the Ideal Ceiling Fan

Being practical doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on style. Fortunately, ceiling fans can help you merge aesthetic appeal with comfort-driven functionality.

When it comes to style, you have almost endless choices, from traditional to completely innovative and modern. You’ll be able to find fans that complement the rest of your décor – just choose styles, textures, and finishes that you’ve used in the rest of your home. We’re leaving that under your creative direction as we focus more on functionality this time.

What makes a given ceiling fan a good fit for your home?

Pay close attention to the following particulars:

Energy Performance:
Airflow Efficiency and Drive Type

Like many other comfort appliances, fans receive ratings for their airflow efficiency. This measure, given in cubic feet per minute per watt, or cfm/w, signifies how much air the device can move in relation to its power consumption. To meet Energy Star standards, fans must have minimum efficiencies of 155, 100 and 75 cfm/w at low, medium and high speeds.

Fan manufacturers achieve heightened operational characteristics through a combination of engineering, design and component choice. For instance, some fans employ DC motors to deliver quiet, efficient performance in small, lightweight packages.

Size

What size fan does your home need? It all depends on the extent of the area you’re cooling.

Energy Star recommends anything from a 29 to 36-inch diameter for rooms below 76 square feet. To cool rooms of 255 to 400 square feet, you’ll want something in excess of 50 inches in diameter, like the Windpointe® Tropical.

Windpointe® Tropical by Fanimation

Many designers surround fans with at least 18 inches of clearance in all directions. This rule of thumb is handy for porch installations where square footage may be harder to quantify.

Hanging Distance

Diameter isn’t the only dimension worth contemplating. The length of the downrod, or pipe between a fan’s ceiling bracket and body, can determine whether your design choice makes a room feel crowded.

Hanging heights are also important because leaving space between the fan blades and the ceiling permits superior airflow. If, however, your room’s small ceiling prevents you from maintaining 7 to 8 feet between the fan and the floor, then you should consider a flush-mounted option.

Environmental Tolerance

Not all fans can withstand the same environmental conditions. If you’re installing something in a bathroom, be certain that it adheres to UL “damp” standards. Patio and porch fans should have “wet” ratings. Choosing appropriately weather-sealed, moisture-resistant devices is a good way to ensure that your investment lasts.

Ceiling Fans With Lights

Wondering whether your ceiling fan should incorporate illumination? Always make a holistic design decision that accounts for your other fixtures, and be willing to adapt.

For instance, suppose that adding ceiling fans with lights seems redundant in your already-bright bedroom. Don’t give up or forego the fan entirely. Many manufacturers offer fan-only options, like the Energy Star-rated Levon AC, which come in varying styles to match your existing lighting.


Levon AC by Fanimation

Understand Your Room Layout

Although you can install a ceiling fan anywhere inside a home or in select outdoor spots, you’ll need to consider the special physical characteristics of your intended location. Placing a fan on a sloped ceiling or below a support beam, for example, might require unique mounting hardware or extra clearance. Depending on your home’s age and condition, you may also need to think about electrical routing and fan weight.

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Now that you’re equipped with ceiling fan knowledge, how will you redefine your personal spaces? Get your creativity flowing along with a fresh breeze. Talk to a Carolina Lanterns and Lighting design specialist today.